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December 3rd, 2012
11:11 PM ET

Sanjay Gupta of the Duchess on Cambridge's pregnancy sickness as well as Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide

With a pair of medical stories dominating the week's early headlines, on Monday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Dr. Sanjay Gupta to share his expertise on both Kate Middleton's pregnancy scare as well as the tragic murder-suicide which has sent shockwaves through the NFL.

Nineteen months after the famed Royal Wedding, the palace announced that Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child. Not yet into her second trimester, Her Royal Highness was admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness, forcing the news to be leaked earlier than might otherwise have been intended.

Garnering intense media coverage as expected, Gupta explained the specifics around the 30-year-old's condition:

"There's a lot of release of different hormones at the time that someone becomes pregnant, and around eight or nine weeks of the pregnancy is when those hormones become, start affecting the nausea centers, if you will, in the brain," said Gupta of what is clinically called Hyperemesis Gravidum. "It's very profound, meaning that you simply can not keep anything down. You try and give someone medication, pills for example to control nausea, and they simply can't keep it down. And that's typically what leads to the hospitalization, they need to get those IV fluids replaced. About 20 percent of these women, who have this condition, need a feeding tube to put in. So again, not typically life-threatening, Piers, but very serious."

Meanwhile, on the heels of the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher, Gupta offered his insight into the relationships between football, brain injuries, and mental illness:

"It's hard, Piers, as we've talked about before on your program, to draw that cause and effect," said CNN's multiple Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent and host of the network's weekend health program "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." "With Jovan, particularly, he had a head injury back in 2009 that was documented. Sometimes it can be these, what are known as, sub-concussive blows, these blows where you just get right back up."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Gupta shares further perspective on the cases of both the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the late Jovan Belcher.
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  1. Dickie

    Sorry Piers but your wrong and sound very unprofessional... If your going to have an opinion have an informed one... To say Briitian has a lower murder rate due to the lack of guns is simply wrong! I live in Canada and we have more guns per person than even Americans... and I'm guessing our murder rate is 10% of yours... Guns don't kill people... people kill people... it's the mindset your country has that's the problem... check the stats they'll confirm what I have said...

    December 4, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mark

    Dickie he doesnt want facts to get in the way of his own biased beliefs. He is anti gun period and will use any chance to blame the gun. He says in one second he supports the second amendment and then says he would ban all guns in the USA. Its a shame that he has been given Larry Kings spot, he is an idiot. Welcome to American Piers where Freedom and Liberty still mean something.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. john branch

    piers keep your gun laws talk stuffed up your ass, go back where u came from,,,, u and cnn

    December 4, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. doubter

    One does not "win" the Medal of Honor as footnotes throughout the interview professed. The Medal of Honor is awarded to individuals who then become recipients of the honor. This particular soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor. He did not win it. It's not a contest or a game.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Len

    First of all, right out of the gate to use the phrase "high powered" handgun was completely ignorant. The other phrase that you used / misused in order to support your anti-gun ideology was “gun murders”. To compare the amount of murders committed by guns in the USA with a population of about 3 hundred million and the right to bear arms against England with a population of about 60 million and stringent anti gun laws is beyond ridiculous. How about comparing murder rates by percentages. This would include everything from bare hands to knives, to any other method of killing. I know, sorry; the actual statistics when done that way wouldn’t support your anti-gun philosophy. What I really hate about anti-gun fanatics is that by doing what you did with the wording and the false statistics as mentioned above is that you all just lie to try to support your losing cause. The real numbers show that populations that have law abiding citizens own and or carry guns have lower rates of violent crime in general. Furthermore if you stopped the lies and dealt in the reality of just looking at violent crime and murder, you’d have to ask for a ban on such things as knives, hammers, baseball bats and who knows what else! Do the real research and speak from fact rather twist and slant things to suit your opinions! And by the way, here’s a link to an interesting international study from Harvard University regarding the topic:
    I know, that’s just one study, but if you do some real research you might just become educated on the topic and then maybe, just maybe you’d stop regurgitating lies and falsehoods to support anti-gun fanaticism.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Please Get Piers Off the Air!

    CNN....Please get an American back on the air. When this Brit refers to "your country" with American guests, it comes across so unpatriotic. We need an American running the finest slot on CNN. Bring back your viewers and get this guy off the air. I have never seen anybody so arrogant in my life. It's truly painful. The show is always more about him than it is about the guest. Will he ever stop using the word "I" so often? Who cares about you Piers? We care and want to know about the guests and their opinions – not yours. Larry King was so good at getting the most out of guests. Hopefully someone at CNN will listen.

    December 4, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Michael L.

    If Kate has twins, I have the perfect solution. The first born will be in line for the throne, the second should be put in an iron mask.

    December 4, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Grant

    Dear Piers, Guns are the right of free people. Americans believe in freedom. The second Amendment was not written so we could go hunting. It wasn't written so We could defend our homes. It was written so We could defend freedom against tyranny. The first two reasons are simply added benefits. Please take your anti-gun, anti-freedom, views back across the ocean. You can bowel to your queen. Hope no villains or government tax collectors come sneaking into your house at night to harm your family. While you sit defenseless watch them take away all that you love. There are more people murdered in your country by beatings with their fist. Maybe your country would be safer if we took away their hands. You will never take away our guns or our freedom.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. SHW

    Stop bring the gun issue in America, Morgan. Do you think you can change the gun law and you are not even an American.
    Stop discuss the " cliff" like an expert.
    Stop working in America so that you are not taking away American's job.
    Stop believing that people wants your opinion.
    Stop being so arrogant .

    December 4, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana

      How did you add feathers in your hat ?

      No, Mr Morgan can not make changes alone. Americans need to get over there ignorance. Yes they can wake up and become responsible. Guns kills water pistoles don't.
      Are you a Native American playing with bows and arrows?

      December 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. retired gi

    Piers, only a few things I can add to the well stated comments above. First, gun homicide rates seldom differentiate murder from self defense. How many lives were saved and crimes prevented as a result of these gun related deaths? Second, don't confuse correlation with causation. Murders in big cities tend to climb in really hot months; ice cream sales also climb. Am I to believe, according to your reasoning, that ice cream makes people homicidal? Third, as your Medal of Honor guest stated, "...people kill people..." I noticed you skipped right by it.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. slk

    People kill people. If someone wants to kill someone they will use anything. I lived through and got me and my 3 kids out before one or all of us died.........this person would have done anything to accomplish this and he told anyone he wanted. People be very careful. You do not know what a person is thinking. You do not know what a person is going through. You do not know. think before you say something that someone somewhere can use.They may not be thinking clear. They may not care. They may need an excuse. Do not give it.

    December 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Orb44

    CNN can't find or afford a Board-Certified Obstetrician? CNN has to rely on "I Know Nothing About Everything Gupta" for commentary on Hyperemesis Gravidarum? Pick up the phone book CNN – even a resident in training will be far superior to your hired hack!

    December 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. kate middleton

    "Don't worry about Elveden, look at Yew Tree".

    July 13, 2014 at 8:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

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